Fuel > Biodiesel
Robert V. Jensen, Inc. is currently offering bulk biodiesel fuel to the wholesale market from its facility in Fresno, California. Biodiesel is a legally registered fuel and fuel additive with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Biodiesel fuel has chemical properties that are very similar to conventional diesel fuel, and does not require any engine modifications or new equipment to enable its use as a blend stock or substitute for conventional diesel.
Biodiesel users should also be aware of the specifications that govern biodiesel quality, and understand the differences in key performance parameters versus conventional diesel.
Total Commitment to Quality
RVJ has a total commitment to ensuring that its biodiesel will meet or exceed the highest industry standards for fuel quality, storage and handling. These standards include the ASTM D6751-06 specification that is mandatory for all biodiesel fuel and BQ-9000 certification, a voluntary quality assurance and auditing program for the biodiesel industry.
Biodiesel has a higher cetane number, which means that biodiesel fuel will ignite more easily in a diesel engine while also reducing engine noise. Biodiesel's higher cetane number offsets its lower BTU content, thus resulting in a negligible difference in overall fuel economy). With over 16 million miles of testing by various groups and agencies, it has been demonstrated that biodiesel usage produces a similar level of torque, horsepower and fuel economy as that achieved by using conventional diesel fuels.
Lubricity of diesel fuel depends on specific components in the fuel to prevent wear on contacting metal surfaces in critical engine parts such as the fuel injection pump or fuel injector. Low lubricity diesel fuel may cause high wear and scarring whereas high lubricity fuel may provide reduced wear and longer component life. Biodiesel fuel blends offer significantly higher lubricity than conventional diesel; a B2 biodiesel blend (conventional diesel with 2% biodiesel) can provide up to a 65% improvement in lubricity.
Support for our Customers
In most instances, fuel wholesalers and end users are just beginning to consider biodiesel or have only developed limited experience in working with biodiesel. RVJ is committed to providing strong, local support and detailed education concerning biodiesel storage and handling processes that are necessary to ensure a successful experience for all participants in the value-chain for biodiesel fuels.